History Repeats Itself in Pakistan

Issue Date October 2006
Volume 17
Issue 4
Page Numbers 110-124
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General Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 military coup, has made it clear that he intends to continue running Pakistan, combining the offices of army chief and president in his own person. Musharraf's political system revolves around his personality and is dependent upon the army's position as the final arbiter of Pakistan's politics. If Musharraf is to leave a legacy different from those of previous military rulers, he must tackle the contempt for civilians and the prejudice against politicians found in the higher military ranks. Not until the army's institutional thinking changes or its hold becomes weaker can Pakistan be expected to make a transition to democratic rule.